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101  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: Finding the path of a file on your computer on: September 01, 2014, 10:04:01 PM
I'm just supposing and thinking about this here:
The utility I need may seem silly, but sometimes I have a file up - say, a Word doc - & I know it's been saved, because is has a title other than Document (#). But I'm not sure where I saved it! I want to be sure I can find it again before I feel I can close it. So I'd like a utility I could run that would tell me the complete path for that file. Please don't laugh - I know it's simplistic...
I initially ignored this part of the OP as I felt that it was simplistic/infeasible, but after following this thread I belatedly realised that it seems to be based on a requirement that I have often had under conditions and in a process where:
(a) it relates to a file that has already been saved at least once (but at an indeterminate date/time) by an (MS Office?) application;
(b) it relates to a  file that is currently open in said application and which might be about to be closed unchanged, or saved with some new changes;
(c) the user requires feedback/confirmation as to where (path) the file that is about to be closed will be saved;

If the file has not been opened for some time, then it might not be in the MRU list until after it has been closed/saved. (Is that true?) That might be too late for the user's purposes.
Why would a user want to know the path at that point in time?

One real-life example I could give as an answer here would be that I didn't want MS Office or other application to do it's usual thing and just close/save the document without telling me in some memorable way where it has put it, because, as we all know, MS Office and other applications often leave you with the subsequent need to know where the blasted document has been put so you can satisfy yourself that it is where you want it to be put.
Left to its own, the application will generally save the document in a default location (e.g., a special folder such as My Documents, or wherever it opened the file from).
What could be really useful to many users would be:
(i) to press a hotkey and be told immediately where (destination path) that file will be closed/saved to by default when you close/save it;
(ii) to then be given an opportunity to change that destination path, or add a new file Tag or something (i.e., take some action or other);
(iii) to then close/save and move the file to a specific, required path (default or otherwise) accordingly.

This could imply some kind of memory-resident application that monitors application windows for certain types of file-closing activity and which communicates with the user (as above) appropriately, immediately and intuitively, prior to closing a file. It would probably be helpful if it maintained a pop-up history (log) of file paths that it had reported on.

To avoid developing a specialised app, there are some general purpose applications (I think "Beaumont" might have been one that I came across) which monitor certain folders and move files of specified types out of those folders and into a different one, when they detect a new file being closed in a watched folder. You could also consider using something such as (say) FreeFileSynce (RealTime sync module). The MS Labs Colletta project could be worth looking at for this also.
102  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting study comparing reading on paper vs tablets on: September 01, 2014, 07:22:18 PM
Yes, interesting.
I found this particularly interesting:
“It’s all one complex web that we need to start disentangling,” she said. The study might still provide fodder for those who insist that reading a novel on a screen just isn’t the same. “It’s a confirmation that these ergonomic dimensions, the tactile feedback of holding paper, might actually matter,” she said.
A rather revealing and cringeworthy statement, I thought, reflecting as it does the speaker's apparent lack of knowledge of the relatively large body of research on the subject of ergonomics and visual perception and their effect on the reader's reading comprehension of written material in differently-presented mediums. Never mind, she apparently got a trip from Stavanger to Turin on the strength of it, to present that paper, which was nice.
103  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Microsoft Update MS14-045 (KB 2993651) problems - Win8.1 on: September 01, 2014, 05:56:17 PM
I just read the manual: Turn automatic updating on or off - Windows Help
So much for auto-updates.
104  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Microsoft Update MS14-045 (KB 2993651) problems - Win8.1 on: September 01, 2014, 04:52:24 PM
Yes, thanks @cyberdiva, I think I should heed that advice too! I shall have to switch off auto-update first though. Bother. I thought that was such a good idea too - manually invoking an update seems so passé in this day and age. How was one to know know that MS would feed bad output into the auto-update? Maybe I've led a charmed life, but I don't recall them ever doing that before and advising you how to manually uninstall the update, and then sending out another buggy update to fix the former (as seems likely).
Maybe they lost the page in the ITIL Change Management manual where it talks about staged testing and then release...putting ßs out into live production is so 1980s.
105  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Microsoft Update MS14-045 (KB 2993651) problems - Win8.1 on: September 01, 2014, 09:40:16 AM
Re the new/replacement update KB2993651:
I suppose that, as a "security update for kernel-mode drivers", it's a fairly important update undecided
I havent installed it yet...
(thankfully I didnt have the other older updates installed either.)
Well, they are apparently ALL "important" (i.e., not "optional") - yet some/all are apparently buggy. I've never experienced anything quite like this before. It's sub-standard IMHO.
106  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: August 31, 2014, 09:46:59 PM
I thought this discussion thread was the best place to post this:
Hillary Clinton: 'Our technology companies are not part of our government' | The Industry Standard - InfoWorld

She'll get my vote any day with humorous quips like that.
107  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: collaborative software, note strong, for small biz on: August 31, 2014, 09:20:32 PM
If you are considering Google Docs, then you could consider EtherPad (Etherpad - Wikipedia) and its other derivatives:

http://typewith.me/  - seems to be defunct now.
108  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: Finding the path of a file on your computer on: August 31, 2014, 08:58:14 PM
Yes, what @Tomos says re FarrMostRecentlyUsed. It seems to work OK - at least for Recently Used documents - after installing it. However, I'm not sure it's being updated any more (current version seesm to be v1.0.1 as at 2009-05-14)  and the website http://farrmru.objecttechnology.com/  seems to be blank(?).

As for getting a full path name in Windows Explorer in Win7, just go to Windows Explorer Folder Options (settings) and select the View tab and tick "Display the full path in the title bar". I am using xplorer² with Win8.1-64 now, but from memory I think Win7 Windows Explorer shows the full path in the address bar, though I don't recall whether you have to select (tick) that in the Options somewhere. There are quite a lot of options to choose from
109  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Peer Review and the Scientific Process on: August 31, 2014, 11:45:34 AM
My favourite BBC gaffe is them reporting WTC 7 collapsing well before it did with WTC 7 still standing in the background.
Yes, I never did understand how they did that. However, by definition, a gaffe is "an embarrassing blunder", so is is it correct to call accurately predicting a nearby future event a gaffe?   tellme
I would have thought that knowing the news before it happens would be a highly regarded/desirable skill in media circles.
110  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Creative Labs - after the dust had settled on: August 31, 2014, 11:30:08 AM
I was searching for some soundcard-related material in my Scrapbook library today, and came across the original post on the CL forum that apparently started this fiasco on 2008-03-28:


I never did follow-up this fiasco at the time, so, out of interest, I did a quick search today and established that:
  • The discussion thread of 242 pages appears to have been expunged from the forum at http://forums.creative.com/
  • The discussion looks as though it is intact on Wayback (at the moment, but presumably that could always be "fixed" by history rewriters) - starting here.
  • There is nary a mention of the episode on Creative Technology - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (must have been "fixed"/edited out?).
  • Wayback has a copy of the mirror website that had been set up and a ZIP file(s) of the mirror, intact via: http://web.archive.org/we...ttp://creative.edited.us/ (the mirror itself appears to be defunct.
  • The LinkedIn summary for Phil O'Shaughnessy (the author of the post) indicates that he was at CL from 1999 through to 2013, starting as a PR Manager and rising to Vice President, Corporate Communications. He is currently Director Global Corporate Communications at IGT.

I'm unsure of whether this unfortunate fiasco adversely affected CL's business/profitability, as some reports seem to indicate that it had already been experiencing financial problems at the time.
111  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Microsoft Update MS14-045 (KB 2993651) problems - Win8.1 on: August 31, 2014, 10:18:59 AM
Not sure whether this has been posted elsewhere in DC Forum - maybe under another title - but I thought it might be useful/helpful to some people who - like me - had not known that Microsoft advised that they needed to uninstall some of the prior risky updates.

I have read with concern today in BleepingComputer.com and other sites, that
Microsoft ships replacement patch KB 2993651 with two known bugs - News

My Win8.1-64 PRO system auto-updated KB 2993651 on 2014-09-28.

Prior to that I had already uninstalled the buggy updates that Microsoft advised be uninstalled as they carried a risk. These are my notes on that:
>> 2014-08-22 2142hrs: Uninstall + fix MS updates per: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2982791

MS14-045: Description of the security update for kernel-mode drivers: August 12, 2014
(See also Dave Bradley's Tech Talk)

KB2982791 - uninstalled
KB2970228 - had not been installed
KB2975719 - uninstalled
KB2975331 - had not been installed

Then deleted \system32\fntcache.dat

Restarted system.

Checked and found fntcache.dat had not been recreated.

Checked HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Fonts\ 

Right-click the Fonts registry subkey, and then click Export to C:\Users\Iain\Documents\2014-08-22 2206hrs FONTS (fix) key export.reg
Checked the FONTS subkey for:
   ○ registry values under the Fonts registry subkey for which the data field meets the following criteria:
      § Contains a full file path (not just a file name)
      § The full file path ends in an ".otf" extension. (This indicates an OpenType font file.)
THERE WERE NO matches for that.

Restarted the laptop. (It took a while reconfiguring Windows on the shutdown and on the subsequent restart.)

>>2014-08-23 0403hrs: ran sfc /scannow and Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth.
112  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Archive.org post millions of historic images to Flickr on: August 31, 2014, 07:49:25 AM
I think this might be good news, but it saddens me if it means that all the e-book OCR scanning might have had any/most relevant pictures stripped out. I mean, imagine "Alice in Wonderland" without the original engravings. Quelle dommage!
Read it at the link: Millions of historic images posted to Flickr | Internet Archive Blogs
113  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Peer Review and the Scientific Process on: August 30, 2014, 10:10:58 PM
Yes, it could explain such medical "fads", but the more informed amongst us would probably have woken up to those years ago.
The paper seems to be well substantiated (independently observable evidence and reference sources) and thus generally provable/TRUE. There's nothing especially new about it per se, except that it has been reported on by the BBC - infamous for promulgating their religio-political bias and for pushing pseudo-science (e.g., Rotherham, 28Gate, etc.). I suspect they produced the programme by mistake - it probably missed going through their usual internal censorship gate.
114  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Ice Bucket Challenge...You all got nominated! on: August 29, 2014, 06:24:58 PM
115  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Everything We Know Is Wrong on: August 29, 2014, 08:11:33 AM
A surprising programme from BBC Radio 4: Everything We Know Is Wrong (click on link to download/hear the programme)
Written notes:
Every day the newspapers carry stories of new scientific findings. There are 15 million scientists worldwide all trying to get their research published. But a disturbing fact appears if you look closely: as time goes by, many scientific findings seem to become less true than we thought. It's called the "decline effect" - and some findings even dwindle away to zero.

A highly influential paper by Dr John Ioannidis at Stanford University called "Why most published research findings are false" argues that fewer than half of scientific papers can be believed, and that the hotter a scientific field (with more scientific teams involved), the less likely the research findings are to be true. He even showed that of the 49 most highly cited medical papers, only 34 had been retested and of them 41 per cent had been convincingly shown to be wrong. And yet they were still being cited.

Again and again, researchers are finding the same things, whether it's with observational studies, or even the "gold standard" Randomised Controlled Studies, whether it's medicine or economics. Nobody bothers to try to replicate most studies, and when they do try, the majority of findings don't stack up. The awkward truth is that, taken as a whole, the scientific literature is full of falsehoods.

Jolyon Jenkins reports on the factors that lie behind this. How researchers who are obliged for career reasons to produce studies that have "impact"; of small teams who produce headline-grabbing studies that are too statistically underpowered to produce meaningful results; of the way that scientists are under pressure to spin their findings and pretend that things they discovered by chance are what they were looking for in the first place. It's not exactly fraud, but it's not completely honest either. And he reports on new initiatives to go through the literature systematically trying to reproduce published findings, and of the bitter and personalised battles that can occur as a result.

Producer/Presenter: Jolyon Jenkins.

116  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Mystery of Death Valley's Sliding Rocks Solved on: August 28, 2014, 08:46:48 PM
Reminds me of the "discovery" of how the ancient Egyptians moved large stones across the desert sands. Pictures in tombs/temples depicted these stones being pulled along by men with ropes, with one person pouring a pitcher of what they thought was probably water just in front of the leading edge of the stone being pulled. Initially, this was thought to be a ceremonial act.
Pulling a heavy object across sand requires an awful lot of work to shift it even a little bit. However, when modern-day investigators got around to trying it out, they found that pouring water just in front of the leading edge of the stone being pulled changed the consistency of the sand and made it act as a kind of lubricant as the rock passed over it, considerably reducing the drag/friction. That principle could well be in action with these "moving rocks" also.
Empiric method. Innit great?
117  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Internet freedoms restrained - SOPA/PIPA/OPEN/ACTA/CETA/PrECISE-related updates on: August 28, 2014, 10:08:27 AM
Deja vu the Lernaean Hydra.
118  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Monitor web page for changes (incl. login to the site) on: August 28, 2014, 10:00:42 AM
The Firefox add-on UpdateScanner is pretty useful for monitoring difficult-to-check websites. For quite a long time now I have used it to check a few special sites.
For example, I usually monitor websites via an RSS feed into the Bazqux RSS reader (a replacement for Google Reader), and that included Yahoo! Groups, but when Yahoo disabled access via RSS, I found UpdateScanner to be a very handy alternative.
You can set the frequency of scanning, and it can be set to pop up with a little window and a chime when a monitored site changes. When you go take a look-see at the changed site, any changed text on the page can be highlighted if you want.

Refer: Re: Firefox Extensions: Your favorite or most useful
119  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Peer Review and the Scientific Process on: August 27, 2014, 11:45:25 PM
Yes, I read about this and remain skeptical in the absence of solid proof, either way.
120  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Problem: "Unable to connect to the Synaptics Pointing Device Driver." - FIXED on: August 26, 2014, 07:03:04 PM
From my notes, copied here in the hope that it might save others a stack of time if/when they encounter this incredibly annoying problem with their Synaptics TouchPad, and need to find a fix for it.


Below is a summary of the different driver versions and the fix I applied.


121  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: IsoBuster Pro - Mini-Review on: August 25, 2014, 05:19:59 AM
UPDATE: 2014-08-25 2213hrs: IsoBuster v3.4 (2014-08-22).
Now gets 5 x Thmbsup from me.
There's been a progressive developmental upgrade path from the IsoBuster developers.
The latest changes are also impressive - see the spoiler below: (from http://www.isobuster.com/...obuster_3.4_release_notes)
(Copied below sans embedded hyperlinks.)
122  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: August 22, 2014, 08:12:11 AM
@Stephen66515: That vid re Hitler's motorbike was the 1st Hitler parody I ever saw. Absolute classic.
123  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Firefox Extensions: Your favorite or most useful on: August 21, 2014, 11:09:07 PM
Could be useful. As a result of reading the comment below, regarding a post at techsupportalert.com on Ghostery, I am now trialling Privacy Badger | EFF (It's in ß, for Firefox and Chrome):
by famewolf on 20. August 2014 - 18:47  (118098)
I personally prefer Privacy Badger by the electronic frontier foundation (the name in privacy on the web in my opinion..they don't use your data for anything). https://www.eff.org/privacybadger

From their F.A.Q.:

What is Privacy Badger?

Privacy Badger is a browser add-on that stops advertisers and other third-party trackers from secretly tracking where you go and what pages you look at on the web. If an advertiser seems to be tracking you across multiple websites without your permission, Privacy Badger automatically blocks that advertiser from loading any more content in your browser. To the advertiser, it's like you suddenly disappeared.

How is Privacy Badger different to Disconnect, Adblock Plus, Ghostery, and other blocking extensions?

Privacy Badger was born out of our desire to be able to recommend a single extension that would automatically analyze and block any tracker or ad that violated the principle of user consent; which could function well without any settings, knowledge or configuration by the user; which is produced by an organization that is unambiguously working for its users rather than for advertisers; and which uses algorithmic methods to decide what is and isn't tracking.

Although we like Disconnect, Adblock Plus, Ghostery and similar products (in fact Privacy Badger is based on the ABP code!), none of them are exactly what we were looking for. In our testing, all of them required some custom configuration to block non-consensual trackers. Several of these extensions have business models that we weren't entirely comfortable with. And EFF hopes that by developing rigorous algorithmic and policy methods for detecting and preventing non-consensual tracking, we'll produce a codebase that could in fact be adopted by those other extensions, or by mainstream browsers, to give users maximal control over who does and doesn't get to know what they do online.
124  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Best keyword-powered program launchers for Windows: Find and Run Robot is on top on: August 21, 2014, 04:29:34 PM
...probably nothing we didn't already know...so how come ghacks are so behind the 8-ball? (mutter, mutter)
125  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: simple file (dll) searcher on: August 20, 2014, 07:44:53 PM
You might like to look at the Everything (FREE) search tool. It's very simple and straightforward, and fast. I use it all the time, for most of my file searches. (I use xplorer² and Windows Desktop Search when I'm not using Everything.)
Example screenshot:


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